Iraqi SWAT team captures ISIS leader 'Jabba the Jihadi'

According to an official statement by the Iraqi forces, the apprehended mufti Abu Abdul Bari was known for 'provocative speeches against the security forces' and was an important leader.

Published: 18th January 2020 06:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th January 2020 06:22 PM   |  A+A-

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MOSUL: The SWAT team of Iraqi forces recently scored a "big" catch in the city of Mosul when they nabbed a morbidly obese ISIS cleric who has been dubbed as "Jabba the Jihadi" on social media.

Weighing at a whopping 560 pounds (250 kg approx.), the fanatic was loaded onto a flatbed pickup truck by the Iraqi SWAT team as he was too large to be accommodated inside the police car, reported New York Post.

According to an official statement by the Iraqi forces, the apprehended mufti Abu Abdul Bari was known for "provocative speeches against the security forces" and was an important leader of "ISIS gangs".

The statement further added that Bari passed "fatwas" to order the killings of Islamic clerics who refused to pledge their loyalty to ISIS.

London based anti-Islamic extremism activist Maajid Nawaaz wrote a lengthy post on Facebook ridiculing Bari and his misdeeds, along with images of the fanatic who can be seen immobilized due to his immense weight.

Below are a few excerpts from Maajid's Facebook post:

"It is good that Syrians, Iraqis & others witness the debasement of this scum. That he is this obese, this immobile & this humiliated is yet another blow to ISIS imbeciles who thought God was with them."

"Do not underestimate the psychological blow the image of this obese monster being arrested is to ISIS."

"And that he issued rulings to fighters to both kill & be killed en mass, while justifying every manner of atrocity in the name of Islam, this hippo quite obviously had little intention of exerting his body beyond bowel movements. The hypocrisy stinks (figuratively & literately)!"

However, Maajid cautioned towards the end that his post shouldn't be used to mock obesity, but instead, the hypocrisy of Islamic extremists.

In another social media post, this time on Twitter, Bari was branded as "Jaba the Jihadi" by Macer Gifford from Britain, who earlier fought against ISIS alongside the Kurdish militia.

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